From Manhattan To Moldova

09/21/2016 - 12:35

John Shapiro, a former president of UJA-Federation of New York and the Dalton School, is the newly elected president of the global Jewish advocacy organization AJC (formerly known as American Jewish Committee). Shapiro is managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1984. He is also chairman of Lawyers for Children and vice chair of the American Academy in Rome. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone recently to discuss the issues facing the AJC in a changing communal landscape.

The AJC's new president, John Shapiro. Courtesy

The London Jewish Community: Just Fine, Thank You!

02/13/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I left London this past Tuesday morning after a long weekend and wonderful Shabbat there, and landed in Madrid this afternoon, preparing to meet up with the Conference of Presidents mission here.  If anyone asks you what London and Madrid have in common besides both being in Europe, the answer is that, right at this moment, they're both cold and wet! 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

The Big BRCA Questions

Panel moderated by Barbara Walters discusses the benefits and perils of early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

If you were at a higher risk for cancer, would you want to know about it? How early? And what preventative measures would be worth the financial cost and emotional strain?

An Event Of Notes

01/01/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A lifelong lover of classical music, Hans Herman Kahn — native of Nuremberg, survivor of Dachau,

An elderly Holocaust survivor and lifelong classical music fan receives a personalized concert. Photo courtesy MJHS

Grant Request Revives Mosque Controversy

Application for $5 million from federal fund decried as affront by critics, but board member says it will be decided strictly by grant criteria Jewish groups mostly silent on issue.
11/22/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

News that the organization planning an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero has applied for $5 million in federal recovery funds for programming has reawakened a controversy that largely fell silent months ago.

Pamela Geller, left, and LMDC board member Julie Menin.

Interview with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

Adam Dickter speaks to the borough president about the Ground Zero Mosque, the city charter revision, his upcoming marriage, political future and more. Filmed and edited by David Leshaw.

'Main Street USA,' Just Across the River

The Jews of Roosevelt Island like the small-town feel of their outpost.
03/31/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Talk about a Jewish diaspora.
Cut off from the Manhattan mainland and its very Jewish heartbeat, the Jews of Roosevelt Island may be the least-known Jewish community in the area.
Which is OK by them.

Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Duchman and their children. The Chabad emissaries settled in Roosevelt Island four years ago.

Gay YU Students Return To Court

05/03/2000 - 20:00
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Yeshiva University is enmeshed in its own battle over gay and lesbian couples less than a month after the Reform movement affirmed the right of its rabbis to officiate at same-gender commitment ceremonies.  

The Secular Becomes Sacred

09/30/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It has been the setting for art exhibitions and military stagings. It is cavernous and utilitarian.But on short notice, for the Ten Days of Repentance, the Seventh Regiment Armory on the Upper East Side was turned into a house of worship. Within days of the late-August fire that gutted Central Synagogue, New York City's oldest Reform Congregation, Gov. George Pataki granted permission for religious activities to be held in the Armory, a half-mile away, on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Then the work began.

Three-Way Conversation

04/01/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." And a Jewish scholar, a Christian scholar and an Islamic scholar recently explained what those words (and some others in the Bible) mean. The representatives of the three monotheistic faiths offered their insights into the opening of Genesis, the description of the world's creation, at a biblical study session at Central Synagogue in Manhattan.
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